The NASCAR Cup Series is back at Sonoma Raceway for nearly the first time in two years and there are several notable drivers in the mix who will make strong runs. Sunday's 2021 Toyota Save Mart 350 features a diverse field of contenders who will roar off the NASCAR at Sonoma starting grid when the green flag drops at 4 p.m. ET. Drivers with strong California ties like Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick will be looking to make a winning push in front of home state fans.

Larson, who is from Elk Grove, California, will start from the pole and is coming off four consecutive top-two showings. The 2021 Toyota Save Mart 350 odds from William Hill Sportsbook list him at 8-1. Before scouring the 2021 Toyota Save Mart 350 starting lineup and making any NASCAR at Sonoma predictions, be sure to see the latest 2021 Toyota Save Mart 350 picks from SportsLine's proven projection model.

Developed by daily Fantasy pro and SportsLine predictive data engineer Mike McClure, this proprietary NASCAR prediction model simulates every race 10,000 times, taking into account factors such as track history and recent results.

The model began the 2020 season paying out big by picking Denny Hamlin to win his second consecutive Daytona 500 at 10-1. The model also called Kevin Harvick's win at Atlanta and nailed a whopping nine top-10 finishers in that race. McClure then used the model to lock in a 10-1 bet on Hamlin for his win at Miami.

At The Brickyard, the model called Harvick's fourth victory of the season. Then during the 2020 NASCAR Playoffs, the model nailed its NASCAR picks in back-to-back races, calling Denny Hamlin to win at 17-2 at Talladega and Chase Elliott to win at 7-2 at the Charlotte Roval.

In the 2021 season, the model has correctly predicted at least seven top-10 finishers in six of the last 12 races. And in April, McClure nailed Martin Truex Jr. to win at Martinsville for a strong 3-1 payout. He was also high on eventual winner Alex Bowman at Dover in May. Anyone who has followed his lead has seen some huge returns.

Now, the model simulated the 2021 Toyota Save Mart 350 10,000 times. Head to SportsLine to see the complete projected NASCAR at Sonoma leaderboard.

Top 2021 Toyota Save Mart 350 predictions

One surprise: the model is high on Brad Keselowski, even though he's a 30-1 long shot in the latest 2021 NASCAR at Sonoma odds. He's a target for anyone looking for a huge payday. Keselowski has not finished in the top 10 in his last four starts, but his history dictates he should not stay in a slump for long. He displayed his road course acumen by finishing fifth at the Daytona Road Course earlier this year.

Keselowski finished third as recently as 2017 at Sonoma and has three second-place showings at Watkins Glen, another prime road course on the Cup circuit. Dating back to the 2017 season, Keselowski is third in quality passes, which is passes of cars at the top of the pack while under green-flag conditions, at Sonoma with 79. He also is first among closers, which is spots gained in the final 10 percent of races, with an average of 3.3.

And a massive shocker: Chase Elliott, the Vegas favorite at 3-2, stumbles and doesn't crack the top three. There are far better values in this loaded 2021 Toyota Save Mart 350 starting lineup. The 2020 Cup Series Champion ranks fourth in standings this season thanks to a recent surge with five consecutive top-10 finishes.

However, he's never been to victory lane in the Cup Series at Sonoma Raceway, let alone finished in the top three before. He's raced it four times before and he has more finishes outside the top 20 (two) than he has inside the top five (one). This year, Elliott's fourth-place ranking in the Cup Series standings may be an indicator that he's been more lucky than good as he barely cracks the top 10 in laps led, ranking ninth in that category. 

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The model is also targeting two other drivers with 2021 NASCAR at Sonoma odds of 20-1 or longer to make a serious run at winning it all. Anyone who backs this driver could hit it big. You can see all of the model's NASCAR picks over at SportsLine.

So who wins the Toyota Save Mart 350 2021? And which long shots stun NASCAR? Check out the latest 2021 NASCAR at Sonoma odds below, then visit SportsLine now to see the full projected 2021 Toyota Save Mart 350 leaderboard, all from the model that called at least seven of the top 10 drivers in six of the last 12 races and nailed Martin Truex Jr.'s win at Martinsville

2021 Toyota Save Mart 350 odds 

Chase Elliott 3-2
Martin Truex Jr. 3-1
Kyle Busch 15-2
Kyle Larson 8-1
Denny Hamlin 10-1
William Byron 12-1
Joey Logano 16-1
Ryan Blaney 18-1
Kevin Harvick 20-1
Alex Bowman 25-1
Christopher Bell 30-1
Brad Keselowski 30-1
Kurt Busch 50-1
Tyler Reddick 60-1
Michael McDowell 75-1
Chris Buescher 100-1
Ross Chastain 100-1
Daniel Suarez 100-1
Matt DiBenedetto 100-1
Cole Custer 100-1
Chase Briscoe 100-1
Erik Jones 150-1
Austin Dillon 250-1
Bubba Wallace 300-1
Ryan Preece 300-1
Ryan Newman 300-1
Aric Almirola 300-1
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 300-1
Corey Lajoie 2500-1
Anthony Alfredo 2500-1
Ben Rhodes 2500-1
Scott Heckert 5000-1
Cody Ware 5000-1
Josh Bilicki 5000-1
Quin Houff 5000-1
Garrett Smithley 5000-1
James Davison 5000-1